Carol Platt Liebau: Destruction of the Unfortunate

Saturday, September 02, 2006

Destruction of the Unfortunate

David Brooks has a dead-on analysis of why the Plamegate "scandal" has disappeared down the memory hole with nary a peep. It's because Richard Armitage is one of "us" (that is, elite, politically-temperate Washington insiders), especially compared with the investigation's erstwhile targets like Karl Rove, who most definitively is not.

The fact is that the media will, sometimes, cut a Republican a break, but only if it's a Republican in the manner of Richard Armitage -- that is, the "right" kind of Republican. Ultimately, Brooks' theory is in many ways a corollary of the media bias theory: The MSM will offer some slack to the "right" people . . . but conveniently, the overwhelming majority of them just happen to be Democrats or liberals.

If anyone can name a conservative Republican who would receive the kind of forgiving, white-glove treatment enjoyed by Armitage (and Colin Powell, for that matter) -- not to mention the Clintons, Teddy Kennedy and others of liberal mind -- please feel free to do so. The fact is that such a creature -- a conservative beloved by the Washington establishment -- is as mythical as the unicorn.

2 Comments:

Blogger stackja1945 said...

Both the Clintons and Teddy Kennedy have been cleansed by liberal user of the waters both White and Chapp.

6:47 PM  
Blogger Mr. Twister said...

Carol asks, "If anyone can name a conservative Republican who would receive the kind of forgiving, white-glove treatment enjoyed by Armitage..."

Following the death of Ronald Wilson Reagan we had a week long television event (for lack of a better word) where seldom was heard a discouragin' word. Seems like everyone was in quite the forgiving mood with respect to the Gipper's Iran-Contra screw-up, bargaining with Iranian terrorists, and best buddying up with Saddam.

7:31 PM  

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